Chester Vase Guide

1. Arthur Kitt

Trainer - Tom Dascombe

Jockey - Richard Kingscote

Was clearly not seen to his best on reappearance in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom which was a poor return run having been well backed into favouritism.

Can be a big player on subsequent start on the basis of his two-year-old form including a good fourth at the Breeders Cup meeting, along with victory in the Chesham at Royal Ascot.

Not certain to stay a mile-and-a-half just yet.

2. Dashing Willoughby

T - Andrew Balding

J - Oisin Murphy

Good second on first start as a three-year-old when just a length down on King Ottokar at Newbury.

Much improved from his poor show in the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster in October, of which the winner has now won the opening classic of the season at Newmarket.

Heads up the trip ladder, and perhaps this distance is destined to suit now coming on from the initial run a month ago.

3. Gentile Bellini

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Wayne Lordan

Dubawi colt who made all in a Cork maiden just a couple of weeks ago in comfortable fashion.

Two starts as a juvenile saw him improve in both attempts - finishing fourth on debut as the 7/2 favourite at Leopardstown, before just being touched off by a stylish stablemate at Naas in November.

Could certainly be more to come but in unknown territory. If jumping up to the task, he could be really special going forward.

4. Kaloor

T - Brian Meehan

J - Jim Crowley

Ready winner on his only start as a two-year-old at Salisbury, where he bolted up under this jockey.

Finished third and five lengths down on King Ottokar in that Conditions Stakes contest at Newbury - with Dashing Willoughby in second.

Pulled hard and will need to settle much better today. Ran on well and the extra two furlongs could be ideal.

Best draw of all.

5. King Ottokar

T - Charlie Fellowes

J - Ben Curtis

Big player - beat a couple of these at Newbury last time where both of his career wins have come.

The pair of victories have also come on soft ground so question marks over the current quicker surface here, but rain could be on the way which will play into his immediate advantage.

Pedigree suggest there is certainly more to come over further.

6. Norway

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Ryan Moore

Strong credentials with a view to already playing a strong figure in the Epsom Derby in under a month's time.

Improved rapidly last term as a juvenile, and caught the eye at Newmarket in the Listed Zetland Stakes over ten furlongs.

Finished a lesser fourth at Saint Cloud in a Group One in October, but a big season ahead and if things go to plan, the St Leger could be another target.

7. Sir Dragonet

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Donnacha O'Brien

Well-bred colt who we do not know too much about, having only made just the one start when scoring at Tipperary under a fortnight ago.

Looked promising; particularly beginning his career over this distance in a strongly run maiden. Quickened clear nicely, and a force to be reckoned with here.

Major contender - not just here, but with some further group races on the horizon.

8. Technician

T - Martyn Meade

J - Frankie Dettori

Technician was a shade unfortunate in the Classic Trial at Sandown on the final week of April, and with a clearer passage may have come home in front.

Still respected in this field and holds plenty of ability. Has improved rapidly as well follwoing his victory in a simple novice event at Leicester.

Frankie Dettori now takes over.

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